God is not a white man

I like this song. Does it make me a little uncomfortable? Yes. It makes me uncomfortable because I’m afraid that you’ll hear that I like it and listen to it and decide that I’ve turned into some sort of hippy-pinko-liberal-wacko (pick your label and add it to the string).

61q4g6xg2oL._SS500_Does it make me want to make sure that when you read that I like it you also know why and that I don’t think this means something that you’d find post-modernly heretical? Yep. But I read the lyrics and I nod with each phrase.

Maybe it makes me uncomfortable because it is true and I’d rather God didn’t love everyone. In fact, I’d like to be the one who makes the list of who He loves and who He does not because then I could vote them off the island. Somewhere in me—deep enough that it’s either hidden or disguised by humor—is the arrogant, self-seeking, control-demanding, me who still wants to be the queen of the universe in those moments when I forget who God is and who I am not. I need songs like this and so many others to remind me of the truth.

God is not a white woman, either.


 

And while you won’t have trouble hearing the lyrics if you listen, maybe you’d rather read the lyrics, so I’ll put them here.

God Is Not A White Man

God is not a man
God is not a white man
God is not a man sitting on a cloud

God cannot be bought
God will not be boxed in
God will not be owned by religion

but God is Love,
God is Love,
and He loves everyone
God is Love,
God is Love,
and He loves everyone

God is not a man
God is not an old man
and God does not belong to Republicans

God is not a flag
not even American
and God does not depend on a government

but God is good,
God is good,
and He loves everyone
God is good,
God is good,
and He loves everyone

oh, oh, duh, duh, duh, duh

athiests and charlatans,
and communists and lesbians,
and even ol’ Pat Robertson
Oh God, He loves us all
Catholic or Protestant,
terrorist or president,
everybody, everybody loved, loved, loved, oh

la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la

God is Love
God is Love
and He loves everyone

la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la

stop the hating, please just stop the hating now

’cause God is Love

oh, oh, oh

la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la

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